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Happy Winter Solstice! It's 50 degrees out! We might get 3" of snow tomorrow! Wheeee!

Happy birthday yesterday to my dad. Love you!

Weekend at the in-laws was nice. Frank even let us sleep in both days. A kind and generous man is he.

Headed south tomorrow evening for a few days with my parents and semi-extended family, which will be lovely.

All the presents are wrapped and ready to go, as long as the suspicious noises I heard this morning weren't the cats trying to get into them...

Only one more day of work, then we're closed for the next week, which will be nice... Not as fun as it could have been, since [livejournal.com profile] kurlon had this past week off, but maybe I'll actually be able to get my craft room organized again...
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Thanksgiving 2011
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Snowy day-before-Thanksgiving. All done and over with now, supposed to be lovely tomorrow.

The view that greeted me this morning was the one I expected, so I was able to roll over and go back to sleep for a while. There was no way I was getting out of the driveway anyway, and I had prepared for this inevitability by bringing home catalogs and spreadsheets so I could work from home and get done what needs to get done. Which I did, like a good girl. Once I caught up on my sleep. Seeds and some perennial plugs and pots ordered for next year, started on the annual plugs... more on Friday, maybe. Maybe not. The kitties were happy to have me home, as I was a nice warm lap for them for most of the day.

I did venture outside and get the front walk shoveled. Arm is a little stiff... I did the lifting part with my left arm, the still-not-quite-healed-don't-tell-my-doctor-what-I-did right arm was the pivot point of the shovel. Didn't take too long, though I did do it in two sessions... Lots of little birdies at the feeder too. Juncos on the ground, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, and Chipping Sparrow coming to the feeder itself. Love my birdies.

Collapsed on the couch for a while post-shoveling and was quickly buried in cats.

Now to finish making the house presentable for tomorrow's Grand Thanksgiving Feast. Smaller group for the main meal this year, but it will still be fun. :)
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Halloween
Originally uploaded by gshower7
About 8" of wet, soggy snow total. It's compressing down to not much already, and with temps in the 50s all week, it should be mostly gone soon.

[livejournal.com profile] kurlon got a clear path out the driveway, so the rest of the paved area should clear shortly too. Adventure riding home last night, nearly got stuck on the road, but the HiHy made it.

See, this is what happens when we get Christmas decorations in the stores earlier and earlier... Mother Nature figures 'well, obviously they want winter sooner!' and does THIS! Aieeee!
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Winter Sunrise
Originally uploaded by gshower7
So, I have the HiHy today.

Slept till 11:00 after the happy phone call from my boss. [livejournal.com profile] ninian_vesalius and I spent yesterday holed up in the house, sniffling and sneezing at each other, drinking many cups of tea, having delicious turkey soup for lunch, and not going anywhere. I worked on scrolls, she read, we puttered. Listened to the wind (didn't howl as much as it usually does, must have been blowing from a different direction) and watched the snow fall and swirl. [livejournal.com profile] kurlon had to go into work, even though the office was closed because it was "unsafe to be out" (so... why did they want him to be out, then?), got maintenance done, home by 7. Had lovely dinner with Max & [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel, made it back in the driveway. Elected to not wake up the whole neighborhood with the snowblower.

Too tired to want to clear the driveway this morning, so I told [livejournal.com profile] kurlon I was taking his truck. I'd have been fine in my car if I'd have been able to get out of the driveway, but that wasn't happening. So I enjoyed the heated seats.

We got about 8 or 9" of snow at the house, I think... drifting, again, made it hard to tell exactly. There's a solid foot here at work, and some places got much more. Even Max & Mickel, on the other side of town, got over a foot, I think. There may be something to living on the north side of a mountain... at least for the couple snowstorms we've had so far this year.

The sky is clear and perfectly blue now. Hopefully the beautiful sun will start melting the layer of snow left on the driveway after snowblowing, and I won't have to slide in, bumping off snowbanks tonight... I'll have to shovel out the front rampsteps tomorrow afternoon if [livejournal.com profile] kurlon doesn't get over ambitious today... won't take too long.

Sunshine!

Jan. 4th, 2010 02:33 pm
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A beautiful, sunny (but still quite chilly) day, and me without a camera... After alternately dumping and spitting snow for four days, blue skies with white puffy clouds greeted me this morning. It was a nice change. The wind hadn't managed to quite knock all the marshmallow off the branches and bushes right away, but things have cleared off pretty well now.

Lots of icicles hanging off the office roof, too. LONG icicles. Be careful walking out the front door icicles. Here we have a perfect example of a poorly-insulated roof, unlike the new house, which, while leaky (we find out more this week on that), is possibly a bit too well insulated. No melt at all from the inside heat (which is low for the moment).

On the house front, [livejournal.com profile] kurlon tells me that estimates are now for it to still take a few MONTHS to get the foreclosure paperwork straightened out. Glorious. Moving during the busy work season. I love it. Won't have to worry so much about the plants, anyway.

Speaking of plants. I want to visit the planet of Pandora. We went to see 'Avatar' the other night, and it was beautiful. An amazing film, and definitely worth doing the 3-D experience, if you can. We tried to get into the IMAX, but it was sold out... perhaps another theater viewing will be in order when the popularity has gone down a bit... Would definitely like to see it again, on the big screen. Many others have said before me, and I repeat: Best remake of 'Fern Gully' Ever. I was ecstatic that the things that looked like giant terrestrial tubeworms actually behaved like tubeworms, as they should. :)

Garb is coming along nicely. I have a Hennin. Whole thing might be done for next weekend. This weekend, if I'm really, really lucky and dedicated... Also need to vacuum and lint-roll, before my life remains permanently covered in black velvet fuzz. Aieee...

A good day

Dec. 5th, 2009 05:16 pm
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Amaryllis 'Rapido'
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Colder than the last two, but still nice. Slept in, warm and cozy.

My miniature Amaryllis 'Rapido' is blooming. So pretty, hoping it was going to be a darker red, but it's certainly prolific, and nice and small. Only 18-20" tall, with 5" flowers, rather than the full 30-36" ones that are more popular. Too much fuss and hassle with them; they fall over, pull out of their pots, are generally annoying. I think this li'l guy will work out nicely. I like the smaller flowers, too.

Went fabric shopping for The Gown of Awesomeness for Birka. Have pattern(ish), will make mockup and then go! Glad I bought a bunch of purple linen when it was on sale for the underdress. Stopped in at GailAnn Fabrics, hoping maybe to catch [livejournal.com profile] ninian_vesalius, but she is still sick... Feel better soon. :) Found a few fabrics that might have worked, was not quite prepared to spend $25/yd (though the black & gold large print I found would have been just about PERFECT...), and so headed to JoAnn's, and picked up black cotton velveteen, as originally planned. Also picked up a very non-period but will definitely do what I want base for the hat. Exciting. :)

Tried to order a yard of cream or white velvet (the good stuff), and was told "we don't carry that anymore". I said, I know, that's why I want to special-order it. "but we don't carry it anymore". So I can't special-order it? "nope." (I kinda thought that's what special-ordering was for... getting stuff in that you can't get in-store... but whatever.) Well... that's... Inconvenient. Not gonna buy velvet online either. Hopefully mom can get some at one of the stores down home.

1:45 PM, the first snowflakes fell. Has been snowing on and off ever since. My shopping done, I didn't have to leave again, so I washed the fabric and puttered around the apartment a bit. Cotton Velveteen is so very much improved after a nice washing. Exactly what I wanted (for what I was willing to spend...). And it's delightfully fuzzy and soft and warm after coming right out of the dryer...

In other news, I am the new A&S Mistress for Malagentia... hopefully I'll do a good job. There is something else that seems to go along with that position in the works, too. More on that later...
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I have been nothing but cold all day long. I need to bring a thermometer to work with me tomorrow, because I refuse to believe that it is 70 degrees in my little corner of the office. I'm right by the big glass doors that go to the patio, which I'm sure doesn't help, but Sally is frozen in her office too... and she's got windowblinds, and a rug over the bare concrete slab. Forgot my sweatshirt at home, so I wore my jacket at my desk all day.

In defiance of the cold, I haven't worn my long wool coat for a bit... my protest statement doesn't appear to be having any effect. We're getting more snow on Friday, and possibly Sunday. Again. Oh Bother.

Couple of good things... one, it's past 5:30, and it is still nice and light outside. This makes me happy. It's not making things warmer, appreciably, but it's light. The March sunshine is melting the snow and ice off the roof, making beautiful sculpture, and then loud noises as they get too heavy and go crashing to the ground. I'm amazed the screens in the office windows haven't been ripped to shreds yet, all the snow that's on them...

Another good thing, my lettuce seeds are mostly viable! [livejournal.com profile] anastasiav and another friend of mine have jump started my desire for seeds for the spring... I've planted a little bowlful of lettuce seeds, as well as some Sensitive Plant seeds ($0.50 for a packet at the Christmas Tree Shop... I couldn't say no...), and potted up the grape hyacinths that were sprouting in the basement. Did a test towel/baggie with a few more lettuce seeds, and they've all put out little rootlets except a couple... not even two days. Is wonderful. The lettuce will be delicious, and hopefully I'll have better luck (and not forget about) the sensitive plants than I did last time. They're so cute...

[livejournal.com profile] anastasiav, if you or Ivan is going to be at the meeting tomorrow, I can bring a little baggie of seeds for you and E. The chives, however, are still quite buried...
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Frozen falls
Originally uploaded by gshower7
I don't mind winter, really... I've just spent much more time out in it than I usually do, and have muscles that are terribly unhappy with me... I'd be fine with hibernating through the coldest months of the year, or just stockpiling food and staying warm inside my little den when the temperatures dip to sub-zero. I will take care of my plants and sew and watch good movies, and be happy...

Took the photo of frozen waterfall on the (long) way home from a look at a house for sale in Buxton on Saturday. Was a cute little place, in the realm of what we could actually afford, and was livable right out of the box. Needed a bit of work that would probably have been a deal-breaker for the bank (new roof... that's the big one), and a bit of elbow grease (and new paint. bright, have-a-nice-day-yellow kitchen. gah.), but a nice house. I could see us living there, but did not let myself get too involved, based on past disappointments... Two other couples had seen it that morning, and one of them had put a bid by the evening, so it was definitely a no-go, but it's nice to know that there's some homes in our price range that aren't total write-offs.

I made [livejournal.com profile] kurlon turn around so I could run across the road and up the bridge to take lots of pictures of ice and frozen waterfall. So cool. There were a couple disgruntled seagulls sitting in the middle of the frozen Saco River as well (sad seagulls in snow?). We pulled off in the middle of the bridge, which is exactly where Max & Mickel & I launch canoes from in the middle of summer. Very different seeing it all covered in snow. At some point, I'll have a set of winter pictures up...

Spending time outside, not speaking much, I find I always have music in my head. I am never bored or alone. I welcome the earworms I've had as of late, because they're all good music, and they change. I have my own radio station playing for me all the time. A friend gave me an iPod, but I've only used it once... having the little earbuds in shuts me off from the rest of the world too much. I don't think I'd like it, even in the middle of nowhere. I need to know what's going on around me, even if it's nothing.
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It is at least -12.5 F outside, according to WeatherUnderground. My little weather widget on my desktop said -22 when I woke up, but I'm not sure where it gets its information. I have not yet ventured outside, but I must, soon. Hopefully my car will start, otherwise it will be a day of logging into work from here (which wouldn't be so bad, really.). Thank goodness for the little bit of snow we have, any insulation on the plants is good insulation.

I will not myself freeze while inside the house or office, though. I have a few new warm fuzzy fleecy sweatshirts now, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel's mommy. She used to work at LL Bean, retired now, but can still visit the employee store from time to time, and will pick up random stuff. Thanks Auntie!! :)
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Morning After Nor'Easter
Originally uploaded by gshower7
I said 8 hours... apparently I actually meant 13.... guh.

Fortunately, the Weather Channel was about 15 or 16 hours off on their prediction on when the snow was going to stop. I think it finished up around 3 AM, but boy, do we have a lot of it. 15" in Portland, more in Freeport, and made MUCH worse by the horrific winds that blew it into drifts nearly 4 feet high in places. Thank goodness it was all powder, but boy... do we have a lot of it.

It warmed up as the night went on, though the wind did not let up, it was much more bearable than a couple nights ago. Toward the wee hours of the morning, the last signs of the last quarter crescent moon rose in the east. So cool, for a couple reasons. One, I almost never get to see this particular phase, because I either forget about it, or it happens at ohmygodthirty in the morning, when no sane person (heh) would be awake. Two, seeing the moon means no more clouds. No more clouds means no more snow. ohjoy. squee. squeeeee!

The much deeper snow led to a not-good timing situation, as it was taking much longer to clear things than anticipated, and Joe was driven to hire one of the "labor ready" guys... we were a bit put off by this... weird strange person, we don't know him, don't want him riding in the car with us... but he's the one who ran the snowblower at LL Bean. Nice guy, hard worker, he can drive the snowblower for me anytime.

The sunrise was beautiful (big picture 'cause so pretty!). It was a sunrise. With Sun. And blue sky. And Sun. And was really cool to see both a sunrise and moonrise in the same sky.

Finished LL Bean, was all set to go home and get some rest, and we were diverted. First to BJ's, to clean off the salt tarp (15 inches of snow doesn't just go away...), then to the first place we went, to scrape off the blowing snow that had settled on our nicely cleaned sidewalks. Then to drop off Chane (our snowblower guy), but while there, discovered that parts of that property were not shoveled at all, so we fixed that. THEN, at last, at long last, we could go home.

A nice thing: No less than half a dozen people said "thank you" to us as they walked up a snow-free walkway into their office/store/establishment. Some people do care, and acknowledge that us poor snow-shovelers are people too... Then there are the many many others that didn't make eye contact, or pretended they didn't after they did, and I said "good morning"... ah well. Kill 'em with kindness, right?

Returned to the shop around 1:30 this afternoon. Brought Michelle home, went and picked up a fancy schmancy sandwich for dinner later. Got home, made a cup mug vat of peppermint tea, and enjoyed a couple Advil and a chocolate croissant. This makes things better. I am very tired, considered forcing myself to stay up another couple of hours, but fear sleep is overtaking me... I may set an alarm for 6:30 or so, so I can have dinner and then get back on a semblance of a normal sleep schedule. Don't want to miss my lunch date with Hoobiewan tomorrow. :)

I've realized I'm writing not so much to record the season and how many storms we're getting (though that's interesting too), but as a reminder to myself 9 months from now, when the question of 'so, you gonna shovel snow again this winter?' comes up, I will remember exactly why I will say NO. months and months of nice warm days and flowers (I hope) will dull the memories of these long, cold, backbreaking nights, and I will think, "oh, it wasn't so bad...". This is my warning to myself, I think.
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Snow has slowed, and the phone has rung... I'm off... got a little bit of sleep. We'll see how I feel in about 8 hours.
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Christmas Tangerine
Originally uploaded by gshower7
The Christmas Tree is all decorated and surrounded with presents! Sam the Tangerine has never looked more festive. And I think the extra light is helping... A tree on wheels, in its own pot, is the most brilliant idea I've had yet... :)

Ok, so... ice storm last Thursday/Friday. Thawing Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 60 degrees again yesterday (was still 54 at 9:30, returning from the mall). This morning was still warm, mid to high 40's, and then the temperature did nothing but drop. Supposed to start snowing around 3 AM, so I expect my phone will ring around 5:30 or 6, and it's shovel time. This will be all powder, though, so MUCH easier than last week. Then look forward to another storm on Friday (Just in time, I'm sure, to miss the Holiday Burlesque. ARGH.), and again on Sunday (when I was hoping to get together with Hoobiewan, back in the States for a week or two.). Winter is displeasing me some, and it's not even winter yet.

Winter, though, still in New Hampshire. My parents still do not have power, but the generator is running quite happily and keeping the heat on and water running. My dad was able to upload some photos of the carnage from his office: )
More pictures are here, at my dad's Picasa page. Hopefully their power will be back soon...
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We've been living inside a snowglobe for the past several days.

Fortunately without the violent shaking that often accompanies the falling of snow inside said globes.

It's quite pretty, the almost constant, light shower of flakes falling from the sky. This is what we need every now and then; just enough to keep things nice and clean and white, and hide all the gray/brown ickyness that comes from sanding and untold numbers of vehicles kicking up roadgrime.

I get to stay out of my own roadgrime-producing machine this weekend. Finally a weekend at home. For the first time in a month, I don't HAVE to go anywhere or do anything (well, I suppose I didn't have to go anywhere I did in the last month, but I'd have missed out on a lot of fun and seeing people...). I plan on sleeping a lot. :)
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RosieTracks
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Snow from here to eternity, it seems... a solid blanket of white in the forecast, starting yesterday, continuing through at least Sunday. Interspersed of course, with freezing rain and sleet. Terribly pleasant. We've not had clear ground since well before Christmas, which is unusual, given the past couple of winters.

Though there's a wonderful silence that comes with falling snow. When there's nobody else around, and the cars have stopped running up and down the road. The only thing one can hear is the light tapping of snowflakes hitting dry leaves, and see them falling from the sky as stars, as they glitter earthward in the glow of the porchlight.

I had my snow moment tonight, going outside to move my car. I miss walks in the woods in falling snow... wandering around a paved lot, no matter how close the trees are, just isn't the same. 7-10" expected tonight, I guess. It was coming down at a good rate when I was outside at 10:30, probably an inch or two out there at least now.

I guess I'm not tired of snow quite yet, because it's still pretty. :)
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Car
Originally uploaded by gshower7
13" of it, to be precise. Really something to look at on Monday, as it fell at a rate of two or three inches an hour at times. Thank goodness every single storm we've had this year has been light, fluffy, powdery, two-flakes-won't-stick-together snow. Makes it so much easier to shovel. (now that I've said that, of course, the storm is going to be a wet sticky MESS. But I don't think it's entirely my fault, as the weather people have been saying that about what's coming Friday for a while yet... Still don't wanna drive in it.)

It did take a bit to get poor Rosie uncovered and out of the drive this morning, though... I really need to get a bigger snowbrush, and remember to take it out of the car the night before it snows so I don't have to go digging.

I do still think the snow is pretty. Part of that may be because we just haven't had snow like this in so long, or that it's snowing regularly enough that everything is staying white. April last week helped quite a bit too, I think.

A few more photos of snowy wagons, trees, and pretty icicles up on my Flickr... Also some pics from Saturday's event in Portland here. A bit fuzzy, most of them. Haven't found the setting that makes my camera happy in low light...
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January Sunset
Originally uploaded by gshower7
And from the sounds of it, it's going to be icky. Slush/snow/sleet/and rain, all at the same time tomorrow. I think I'll stay in, maybe clean the office (ohyay, ohjoy, whatfun).

April this week was quite lovely, turned cold again today. Beautiful Sunset on Tuesday, though. Just got around to taking it off the camera card. Hoping it'll be semi-nice for Saturday and our Winter Feast/Yule. No new gown for this year; too much other stuff to get done, sewing gifts, hats, and other critters (photos to be posted when they're done... so cute!!!!) has taken up most of my spare time as of late, and it appears I've the lost floor of the sewing room again... hopefully will find it next week so I can finally make my glorious purple gown in time for Birka. :) Can't wait, gonna get a new hat and fence and dance a lot! Other things happening at Court, too, but we shall speak of them once they have passed. shhh... is a seekrit.

COLD.

Jan. 3rd, 2008 10:38 pm
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Cold
Originally uploaded by gshower7
It is currently 5 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. 16 below one town to the west (according to WeatherUnderground...). Still dropping. Running out of room to drop in the thermometer outside.

There is a fabulous meteor shower supposedly happening (the Quadrantids) in the wee hours of the morning, but I think it's going to happen without me seeing (J&L, enjoy it from the hot tub...). Plans for tonight include staying inside, with cocoa, in fuzzy PJs, under the quilts and down comforter. Maybe not all at the same time, but the inside bit is a definite.

EDIT - 11:30PM. It may well be colder than 5 below... just looked at the thermometer again, and it's still where it was, but every other place I've seen is around -14, -17... the alcohol (or whatever the red stuff is in thermometers these days) appears to be out of space to go any further down. It doesn't matter at this point. It's just cold.
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Snow
Originally uploaded by gshower7
A new year, another snowstorm. Thank goodness they've all been beautiful, light, fluffy powder. 6" of it, this time. To add to the 6" we got a few days ago, to the 6" we got last week... there are a good 15" on the patio at work. No more shoveling it off, declared the boss. Good, we said. We are out of places to put it! And the patio door is useless anyway, because the bricks have frost-heaved, and it will stick at 6" of swing.

Yesterday's storm stayed on the trees through most of the day; quite pretty. Whatever melted in the (relative) warmth of today will freeze tonight (-10F for teh win... no. (and I know that's warm for you, Alicia. :) It's still damned cold.)) and make everything nice and icy. Yay! brrrr.... *shiver*

A few more photos in the set... one is blurry if you look at it full size, but still pretty. ;)
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We're running out of places to put the piles and piles of snow that keep falling... It will be Winter, now, as of 1:08 tomorrow morning.

A Blessed Solstice to all.

The lamp is burnin' low upon my table top
The snow is softly falling
The air is still within the silence of my room
I hear your voice softly calling

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
Upon this winter night with you

The smoke is rising in the shadows overhead
My glass is almost empty
I read again between the lines upon each page
The words of love you sent me

If I could know within my heart
That you were lonely too
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
Upon this winter night with you

The fire is dying now, my lamp is growing dim
The shades of night are liftin'
The morning light steals across my windowpane
Where webs of snow are driftin'

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
Upon this winter night with you
And to be once again with with you
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Tip No. 1 for surviving, nay, enjoying a Maine (or New England in general) Winter: Get a hot tub.

Better yet, get some friends that have a hot tub, or convince/encourage/go along with existing good friends that it would be a great idea to get a hot tub, and have them invite you over a lot to soak. It may be barely 25 degrees outdoors and snowy, but relaxing in said outdoors in a nice and toasty warm bath, while meteors zip overhead is truly a wonderful place to be.

Meteors! The sky finally decided to be cloud-free, and boy was it worth it. A half hour in the aforementioned hot tub was prime viewing for day-after-peak Geminids. Saw around 15 meteors, some faint, others VERY bright and spectacular. Their colors that I've seen can be anywhere from bright white to nearly true yellow, some with a hint of orange. When it's clear out, and one can actually see them, the Geminids are one of the more reliably satisfying showers.

Winter roads... now that they're clear and drivable again, I remember that I quite enjoy driving at night in the wintertime. Snow on the trees on the back roads I drive at least once or twice every week changes the appearance so completely. It's dramatic during the day when the green of the pines shows through the white of the snow, onto the blue sky. Snow covered branches against the black of night turn the road into a winding path through the woods. Peoples' darkened houses can not be seen through the trees, and I can pretend I'm back in the country, where WalMart and HomeDepot aren't 2 minutes down the road, and the stars aren't blotted out by far too many bright lights.

Winding paths through the woods... it's been a long time since I've walked in the woods. Dad and I used to go all the time behind our house; just him, me, pristine new snow, and Butter Rum Lifesavers. Still one of my favorites. :) Time moves on, I've moved out, and the woods behind the house are too quickly being chopped down in favor of "progress" in the form of new McMansions homes. Summer is better for that now. The leaves hide things much better than bare branches.

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